Re: "attributive" participle

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Wed Oct 15 1997 - 09:41:35 EDT

At 7:56 AM -0500 10/15/97, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>There are two meanings to the word "attributive" that make sense here:
>1. The "attributive" participle describes the attributes of a noun.
>2. The "attributive" participle occurs in attributive position.
>Which of these is the reason for the name?

Neither seems to me a very good reason for using such a term; who uses it?
It strikes me as more confusing than helpful. I'd rather talk about an
adjectival as opposed to an adverbial participle and then say that an
adjectival participle may be used either like an attributive adjective or
like a substantive adjective, e.g. hO PISTEUWN ANHR (attribute adjective);
hO PISTEUWN (substantive usage of an adjectival participle).

Carl W. Conrad
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